Dictionary of Human Evolution and Biology

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Vibrissae

Long stiff hairs that are associated with sensory receptors in the skin and provide a mammal with a tactile sense that helps it detect physical objects in the environment. In most mammals vibrissae are located in the snout, as they are in some prosimians, but in most primates they are also located on brows, cheeks, lips, and chin. Notably absent in humans, although the nose hairs are referred to as vibrissae (Aka sinus hairs) in human anatomy. Also referred to as whiskers and tactile hairs. Singular: vibrissa.

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